Officer Sentenced to 15 Years for Shooting Death of Black Teen
In a rare win for victims of police shootings, a jury sentenced former Texas Police Officer Roy Oliver to 15 years for the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Oliver, 38, was convicted for shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black kid as he and a group of friends drove away from the officer.
Analysts say the sentencing was a rarity, considering that police officers rarely face trials and even more rarely are convicted in police shooting cases. Prosecutors argued for at least 60 years incarceration for Oliver and felt 15-years was too short, but they also saw the sentencing as a victory for ever victim killed by police.
“This case is not just about Jordan. It’s about Tamir Rice. It’s about Walter Scott. It’s about Alton Sterling. It’s about every African-American … who have been killed and who have not gotten justice,” Jordan’s family attorney, Daryl Washington, said.
Oliver shot and killed Jordan when he fired at a vehicle he was a passenger in. According to court papers, Jordan together with his two brothers and two friends attended a private party on April 29, 2017. Midway into the party, someone announced that police had been dispatched to the private home where the party was in progress. Then the group dispersed and got into their car.
Officers had gone to the house to follow up on a call reporting underage drinking. They reportedly heard gunshots close by while trying to locate the owner of the house. Oliver returned to the squad car to retrieve his patrol rifle while his partner went to investigate the gunshots.
One officer who was with Oliver saw the group’s car reversing and banged at the passenger window, ordering it to stop. The officer approached the side of the vehicle with his gun drawn and the vehicle stopped. Then the vehicle slowly moved forward and the officer banged on the passenger window breaking it. Oliver then fired multiple rounds into the car as it passed by him and one bullet struck and killed Jordan.
Police shootings often come down to an officer’s word and if an officer says the victim lurched toward them or had a gun, jurors tend to side with them. As Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said, “At the end of day, officers in their badge and uniform enjoy the benefit of the doubt.”
“Unless we start holding officers accountable for using deadly force in a reckless manner, I think it will be very difficult to see changes in the use of lethal force at the outset,” Clarke added.
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He should have got LIFE
He should have way more time or deaths.
It’s a start.
Is not enough
Good about time…
Hopefully, he’ll die in prison.
Hopefully, a first of many, or until they stop with “shoot first, ask questions later”
White privilege..short sentence only 15 maybe serve 5?
Black people we need to arm ourselves , we don’t have to shoot simply being armed where the killer police can see all the black people standing around when he pulls out his weapon are also armed will make the killer police think twice. Point blank period !!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????
That’s not enough !!!!
When he get off 15th yrs in prison for murdering a young man and a teenager, didn’t have a life.
That he got anything is a miracle
Hope they kick his ass in prison!
IN CASES LIKE THIS AN EYE FOR AN EYE.
Good. Justice is served.
I hope you pay dearly for murdering this young man.and I for one wants God’s justice for you.thy shall not kill.
Only fifteen years???that is not justice mother fuckers
Should have sent him to the electric chair!
Only 15 years….?
Only 15 years well I hope you see that young man’s face the rest of your life pos.
Better than slap on the wrist.
I tell you, nowadays life is cheap. This court sentence proves it. That crook should have gotten more than 15 years.
If this is true then keep it and then all this innocent killing will stop…should have been doing it long time ago..like martin said…
Any injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…
KEEPIN IT 100DRIT
He should of gotten more like 50 years FUCKEN Deplorable bigot
Only 15 years for murdering a child that you promised to protect and serve
He should have gotten a longer sentence for murder.
Yes he’s been sentenced, but it should have been longer.
Now that’s a little bit of justice.
He WILL have a warm reception where ever he gets to serve time. Hope he doesn’t FORGET his VASELINE
Life without parole would have been appropriate
Why only 15 yrs? It would be live if someone killed the cop
Every now and then, justice prevails against a racist cop who murders an innocent and unarmed black man.
He really looks like a White Nationalist. About time someone stop the bad ones
Should have been life ,hate crime !!!!!!!!!
If your guilty you should pay for the crime.
Just murdered that baby. No way he’d have shot through a car of white teens.
15 years is bullshit…should be death penalty…or life in prison at least…death penalty better though
Hopefully, real justice will be administered in jail.
He should got to prison for life
He should got LIFE
Whatever justice is as long as justice is served
He need more than that
About fucking time,I hope the mf gets shanked in jail.Pos.
Grandmas for Good
Death not to like, just punishment is.
He deserves lifehr tookthis young man’s life
Why not life?
Should get 300 years.
Should have been life…had the black kid shot and killed the cop, he would have been given a life sentence!!!!!!
Well good, another 10 years would have been better !
Consequences attached to their racist behavior. Show of Force: Social Good
It’s about God dam time. Should have gotten more time
It isn’t enough time but thankful that he got 15 years because so many haven’t gotten any
Ditto true totally
Only 15 years it should be 40 years.
No, long enough
Not enough, but better then getting off scot free
Ditto true totally
Only 15? Why so little
And may he die in pain while he’s there.
Put him in general population.
Good! But Only 15 years?
There’s something very wrong about that. That young life is gone forever and so should be the criminal that made it happen.
He deserves LIFE. In jail. Lock him up
That’s it 15 punk-ass years
IF YOU FOLLOW THE CASE AND WRITE THE PAROLE BOARD WE MIGHT GET THAT SENTENCE UPPED TO 20 OR 25 YEARS…DONT GIVE UP…
I don’t agree with the NFL players taking a knee, But it’s time for police officers to be held accountable for there actions. Totally.
To many get away with murder in the name of the law.